7 Great Places to Visit in Barbados

By Hannah Barnard on 20th June, 2023

Barbados has many beautiful white sand beaches, lush rainforests, and historic sites including it’s UNESCO-listed capital, Bridgetown. The country is home to many national parks, wildlife preserves and other attractions that will inspire you to plan your next vacation. Here are seven great places to visit in this Caribbean paradise island:

Carlisle Bay Barbados
Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay

If you’re looking for some beach time, head to Carlisle Bay Beach. This is one of the nicest beaches in Barbados. The best thing about Carlisle Bay Beach is that there are lots of activities to enjoy while you’re there. You can go snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, fishing, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, scuba diving, and many other water sports. There are also several restaurants and bars near the beach where you can grab a bite to eat.

Mount Gay Visitor Centre

You can also visit the Mount Gay Distillery, where you can learn more about the history of rum production in Barbados. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the distillery, which includes a visit to the rum museum, where visitors learn about the history of Mount Gay Rum. Guests can also taste Mount Gay Rum at the tasting bar.

Mount Gay Visitor Centre

Harrison’s Cave

Harrison’s Cave is one of the Caribbean’s great natural wonders. The limestone cavern is an underground cave system with stunning formations of stalagmites, stalactites and several streams. Visitors can tour the underground system via small electric tramcars.

Harrison’s Cave Barbados

St Nicholas Abbey

If you want to see the best of Barbados, then you should visit St Nicholas Abbey. Located in the parish of Saint Peter, this historic site is home to a plantation house, museum and rum distillery. You can tour the main house, the rum distillery and take a steam train ride round the plantation. There is also a fantastic shop and cafe onsite.

St Nicholas Abbey Barbados

Bathsheba Beach

If you want to enjoy some fun in the sun, then head to Bathsheba Beach. Located on the east coast of Barbados, this beautiful stretch of sand and strong waves is a surfing hotspot! You can go parasailing, surf, swim, fish, sail, boat, or simply relax and soak up the rays.

Bathsheba Beach Barbados

Hunte’s Gardens

A short drive from Bathsheba Beach is Hunte’s Gardens, a botanical garden that is located in the parish of Saint Joseph. It was created by horticulturist Anthony Hunte and features an array of tropical flowers, trees and foliage.

Hunte’s Gardens Barbados

Explore at your own pace the series of mini-gardens and don’t forget to meet others at the top house for refreshments, including rum punch, a selection of teas, coffees and cakes.

Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Located in the Saint Joseph parish, Barbados, the Andromeda Botanic Gardens are home to more than 500 species of plant, including more than 100 tree species that are wonderfully arranged. Horticultural enthusiasts will marvel at Iris Bannochie’s originally private botanical garden. A haven for biodiversity – take your time and enjoy spotting some hummingbirds.

Andromeda Botanic Gardens